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I'm looking for suggestions and resources for teaching my son. He has shown since he was quite young that he is left handed. He favors his left hand for drawing, cutting and eating as well as things like throwing balls. His dad and I are right handed so teaching things like hand writing is a little harder. It's also obvious to me that he simply thinks differently than we do. He is very physical and has a huge amount of energy. At the moment I am looking for ways to help him recognise and write letters but any information about or experiance with left handed children would be so helpful to me.
 

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I'm taking notes here too. Ds1 is left handed, and I'm right, so I'd like to know how other moms have taught them how to write.
 

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Add me to the group! Olders DS is left handed and I am right and we have been having a hard time teaching him to right...even though DF is left handed, he has a hard time holding a pen cause of an injury.
 

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My oldest son is a leftie. I just always used my right hand & he copied with his left. I saw no difference between teaching him & my right handed kids.
 

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<span>Our oldest son is a lefty, we have never done anything special for him and he has learned quite easily to do it all on his own...<br><br>
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I'm a leftie with two rightie parents. I don't remember them doing anything differently with regards to writing, etc. The difficulty came when my mom tried to teach me to crochet.
 

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Both my husband and I are lefties... we have yet to have a left-handed child. All of our parents were right-handed...<br><br>
I wouldn't do anything differently. Most people do not do anything differently for left-handed children in the world--so I think it is important for kids to learn how to figure it out for themselves... And eventually you do figure out how to follow demos and stuff. If they play a sport (like tennis) it might be good to find an instructor who can coach a leftie... but other than that I wouldn't worry.<br><br>
There are special pads of paper you can get for left-handed folks and stuff, but that is mostly for novelty....<br><br>
Enjoy your children!
 

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i'm completely left handed. IMHO, he'll just learn to do it. i used to smear my words badly (because i would drag my hand) but over time i just learned to lift it. my mom did buy me a bunch of "left handed" notebooks and such when i was little, but they didn't help me at all. the hardest things i've had to learn as a leftie are sign language and crocheting -- writing wasn't a very big deal for me.
 

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I have the opposite problem <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Dh and I are both lefties and our oldest ds is right-handed. Thankfully our youngest ds is a lefty too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">.<br>
Seriously though, I learned best by watching someone sit opposite of me. My brother taught me to tie my shoes by sitting in front of me and doing it his right handed way.<br>
With writing is it so important to make sure that the wrist is straight so that it doesn't get smeared.
 

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I have the opposite problem. I'm a lefty and all 4 of my kids old enough to hold a pencil or fork are right-handed. I've so far been unable to teach my 5 1/2 yo to write. My 4 1/2 yo isn't coordinated enough yet to try.
 
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